The Friday News Roundup: Somehow It's December Already Edition

Happy Friday everyone! And welcome to this

week’s edition of the Friday News Roundup!  

Click through for news on Martin Clunes, Alan Cumming, Jeremy Clarkson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Britain’s Got Talent photos from the new Sherlock Holmes film opening next week, and more.

Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes is helping to fundraise for the child who plays his on-screen son. The actor has donated Doc Martin memorabilia and several signed items that will be auctioned off to help pay for treatment for the boy, who was born with a rare medical condition that prevents him from supporting his own head.    

Take a look at the new PBS UK channel, just introduced in Britain last month.                                         

Final Harry Potter film is victorious at the Children’s BAFTAs.

Filmmaker Ken Russell, who was nominated for an Oscar for Women in Love in 1969, dies at 84. He is also known for directing religious drama The Devils and The Who’s rock opera Tommy.

Masterpiece host Alan Cumming to do a one-man Macbeth (yes, playing all the parts) for the National Theater in London.

Neil Gaiman and Phil Jupitus join BBC America and NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” year-end special.

Simon Cowell set to return to Britain’s Got Talent – is it just a bid for higher ratings?

In case you’ve ever wanted to dress like Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, well, now there’s a how-to guide for that.

Speaking of Clarkson, the BBC is apologizing for comments the actor made during a recent appearance on the One Show. He does seem to have a true talent for putting his foot in his mouth.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s new HBO mini-series, Parade’s End, was filming in Chiswick this week.

New photos from upcoming Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, including a first image of Stephen Fry as Mycroft

Dame Judi Dench will reunite with Kenneth Branagh to film an adaptation of Henning Mankell’s novel Italian Shoes.  

Meryl Streep defends her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, particularly the decision to include her struggle with dementia.

Adele is nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.  

George Harrison died ten years ago this week and Huffington Post has a great article and photo sideshow celebrating “the quiet Beatle’s” life   

Ever wanted to work for British Intelligence? Well, keep an eye out, because GCHQ is using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to recruit future codebreakers via an online puzzle. If you crack it, you get to